- Porto Alegre: a symbol
The world forum in Porto Alegre has
been an important event and has opened new directions. It has
shown not only the vitality and capacity of associations to fight
against the liberal globalization and the market economy but
also the necessity to get organized and to develop a possible
We are now aware of the devastating effect on people of a market
economy without regulation and frontier. The capitalism of a
free-market is a perverted system that does not care much about
the people. Nature, life, human rights, freedom, love, culture,
health cannot be treated as goods. Many people cannot stand to
live anymore in such a world in preparation. It is intolerable
that the new leaders of the world impose their decisions to the
whole population of the world.
How can we accept that half of this population (3 billions of
individuals) could live with 2 US dollars per day? In spite of
the increase of wealth, poverty is not yet declining. Inequalities
are increasing. This shameful separation between rich and poor,
a true plague affecting humanity, continues to grow.
During the forum of Porto Alegre, it was asked for the cancellation
of the debt of the third-world countries, the installation of
a tax on financial transactions, the ban of tax havens, and the
transformation of the IMF and WTO.
This forum was mainly the opportunity
for people from the South to ask for social justice. Porto Alegre
is a symbol of hope for a renewed world based on other values
than money and capital assets.
- It has demonstrated the formidable
ambition of so many men and women, mostly young ones, to "appropriate"
their own future, as it is so nicely said.